Ways upper cervical care can benefit sports performance
Improving all-around performance is a high priority for athletes who want to bring their best to the game. Many are unaware of the value of maintaining healthy spinal alignment using the help of upper cervical chiropractic care.
A player’s posture is vital in his or her performance during a game. It could be the difference between getting the goal, stealing the base, winning the race, or getting the first touchdown. It can also keep a player in the game while keeping pain away. Upper cervical care has been proven to help a person perform at higher levels.
The connection between a healthy spine and sports performance
Upper cervical chiropractic care has been around since the 1930’s. It is a specialized form of chiropractic care, focusing on the proper positioning of the C1 and C2 vertebrae, where the head rests. The head can weigh 10 to 14 pounds. Any time it is off balance, it can cause a misalignment of the uppermost vertebrae in the neck. A misalignment here as small as ¼ of a millimeter can be the reason for compensation in the entire body due to the body’s natural inclination to keep the eyes level to the horizon. This adds unnecessary strain and pressure on muscles, tissues, organs, and bones as they bend and twist to try to keep the eyes level. Any added pressure in the wrong area will affect the performance of players of any sport because the body is not functioning optimally.
At Synergy Chiropractic, we assist athletes in maintaining healthy spinal alignment by using a gentle, non-invasive method. We never crack or twist the spine, but instead we allow it to restore itself by gently correcting the upper cervical neck alignment. This helps prevent future injury. If a person already has experienced a sporting injury, we can help with the healing process. It does not take much force to the head and neck to cause a misalignment. However once corrected, our patients often report that their sports performance had greatly improved.
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